Monthly Archives: May 2014

Seven Feel-Good Songs for the Weekend

 

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It’s Friday again!

Here are seven songs to boost your mood for a fun trip outdoors.

They work well for a fun spring day cleaning, too.

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1. Paramore – Ain’t it Fun

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2.  John Legend – All of Me

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3. Clean Bandit – Rather Be

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4. Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty

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5. One Republic – Counting Stars

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6. Justin Timberlake – Not a Bad Thing 

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7.  American Authors –  Best Day of My Life

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Let us enjoy life! It’s the only one we have!

 

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A Stranger’s Story

 

Last night, while zapping through channels on the TV after the late night news show, I came upon “I love Pinas.” It’s a midnight travel show featuring attractions in the Philippines. That was my first time to learn about the show’s existence. I don’t watch TV much and I was curious with who the host was. I have never heard of him and I thought to myself, “Who is he and how did he get my dream job?”

So I googled Carlo Lorenzo today and I found his travel and food blog. His story was full of surprises. In a nutshell, he was a Broadcast Communication graduate from UP Diliman. He was a man full of ambition and worked as a newscaster for GMA Network. His ultimate dream was to host his own TV show. His work and ambition made him lose sight of the more important things in life. Then, in 2002, he was kidnapped which led to his epiphany. In his words, “When I was kidnapped, I was released from my other prisons: materialism, ambition, insecurities. In his Great Adventure story, he said, “My dream was big, but God is bigger.”

He resigned from work and tried to find himself again in God. He realized that for the longest time, his work was his god. His resignation paved way for him to realign his priorities and fully depend on God for everything. In 2010, just when he was almost broke, he got a call from the TV Network to temporarily host a show. One thing led to another and in 2011, he was offered his own show- I love Pinas.

As he puts it, God gave him the best version of his dream. God is really amazing. He has a great plan for each of us and He manifests this in extraordinary ways.

I don’t think it was just coincidence that I happen to watch the show last night and find out about this stranger’s story. It’s a reminder that I should let go of my worldly ways and have faith in God’s amazing plan for me, just as He did for this man.

Let’s keep the faith alive! Happy Friday!

 

What to Do When You Feel Abandoned

 

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The Sta. Isabel Cathedral, featured in BluPrint Magazine circa 2014

 

In last week’s mass, the priest asked the mass goers what they do when they feel empty, lost, and abandoned. He then suggested that we GO TO OUR OLD FAMILIAR PLACE. Go to your old familiar place where you feel one with God.

Churches have always been a sanctuary to me. There was always a sense of security when I am inside a church, no matter where it may be. My old familiar place was our Parish Cathedral in my hometown. This was the place where I made friends with people outside of school. This was the place where I served as a choir member, psalmist, lector, and mass commentator since I was 10. I practically grew up here. Writing this post made me realize that my typical weekend hang-out back then was this Church.

However, everything changed when I stepped into University. I moved to a different city. I didn’t serve in the local Parish, didn’t join the University choir, and stopped regularly going to mass. I became a nominal Catholic. First, I felt betrayed by my religious community because of issues that emerged in my old parish. Then, I refused to attend mass because I felt like I didn’t deserve salvation. One reason (excuse) piled up another. Though, there were multiple attempts to go back on track, I kept falling off the wagon. I just felt lost in the end. I really felt spiritually empty throughout those years. Though I excelled in other aspects of my life, my spiritual growth was certainly stuck in the dark.

2013 was dubbed as the year of faith and it was truly a year of faith for me. I have slowly regained composure of my spiritual growth through a retreat, regular spiritual direction, and weekly attendance to mass. I’m trying my best to read a chapter of the Bible every day; pray the Trisagio; and start and end the day by thanking the Lord for giving me today.

Today, I know that God never left my side. He was always there. I was the one who left and abandoned Him. I was the one with excuses and I was the one who stopped loving Him. I kept denying Him the opportunity to show His grace so that I can sin sans guilt.

On New Year’s Eve, as I welcomed 2014, I went home and served as a lector in the mass. It has been six years. Going back to my old familiar place was so surreal that I kept crying. I never thought it was possible, but with God anything is possible. Redemption is possible. It really is never too late to change for the better. At any given moment, you can choose to make things better.

When you feel abandoned, go back to your old familiar meeting place with God so that you will find the courage to move forward. Salvation does not come at the end of your days. Salvation is a daily process. You don’t have to know all the answers. You just have to actively choose to be better, to love Him more, every day.

 

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Talk about surreal: my old familiar place featured in a magazine.

 

18 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer

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Leadership Training Participants from Sitio Payong, Quezon City. The seminar was conducted by Idente Youth Volunteers Philippines

 

Someone once said that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” If you are tired of complaining of all the wrong circumstances you see and are ready to do something about the problems in our society, here are some reasons why you should finally make time to volunteer:

  1. It will boost your morale.
  2. It will give you a sense of purpose.
  3. You will have a reason to wake up in the morning.
  4. It will teach you to be selfless.
  5. You will realize how blessed you are.
  6. You will make a difference in every life that you touch.
  7. It will make you happier.
  8. You will know that you are doing something worthwhile.
  9. It will exercise your brain power.
  10. You will be more grateful of the things that you have.
  11. You are now part of the solution and not the problem.
  12. It will make you more human.
  13. You will meet a lot of inspiring people.
  14. You will have friends from all parts of the world.
  15. It will teach you how to be humble.
  16. It will broaden your view of the world.
  17. You will meet people from all walks of life.
  18. You become the change that you want to see in the world.

What is your passion? Are you into building homes? Do you like teaching arts and crafts? Do you like teaching kids? Are you into health-care? Choose a volunteer work that you love and join the NGOs that share your passion. Make things happen. “Dreams mean work.” You only have one life to live. Make it count.